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2013-08-11 / Front Page

County chairperson for GOP enters race for 82nd seat

BY KRYSTAL JOHNS 810-452-2601 • kjohns@mihomepaper.com

IMLAY CITY — On Wednesday, Jan Peabody announced her intentions to run for state representative of the 82nd District. If elected, she will replace Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, who cannot run again due to term limits.

Peabody, 52, grew up in Imlay City and comes from a politicallyinvolved family. Her father, Ronald Cischke, has been the Goodland Township supervisor for more than 40 years.

“I grew up with (politics) and have always been interested in it,” Peabody said.

Her political involvement began back in high school, she said, when she was secretary of her graduating class. As an adult, she’s been involved with the Lapeer County Republican Party, of which she is currently the chairperson. She’s been a precinct delegate in Imlay City for a number of years, and has attended state conventions and worked on a variety of campaigns.

“I’m running for state representative to provide Lapeer County families with a reliable, conservative voice that will protect their values and promote limited, constitutional government,” Peabody said.

Her priorities, she said, are jobs, cutting taxes, promoting agriculture and protecting life. She called the county’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate “unacceptable” and said, “the state must do more to remove bureau- cratic obstacles and red tape that are hampering local economic growth and job creation.”

She is in support of eliminating the new tax on Lapeer County seniors’ pensions and the tax increases on sportsmen’s licenses, and she endorses the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Michigan Ag Plan. Her stance on abortion is pro-life.

“Statewide, abortions are down 52.7 percent since 1987,” she said. “While this is wonderful news, there’s more to be done. There are currently 11 bills in the legislature to expand protections for life. I support all of them.”

In addition, Peabody would like to draw younger people into politics, and she’s been active in the formation of a Young Republicans group in Lapeer County.

“I want to keep them engaged and encourage them to stay active to shape their futures, and Lapeer County, and Michigan,” she said.

If she is elected to follow in Daley’s footsteps, Peabody said she’d like to be a continuation of the good that he’s done for Lapeer County’s residents. Though only a day had passed since she announced her candidacy, on Thursday Peabody said she felt encouraged.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback in the past 24 hours.”

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